Downtown Wilmington, NC Engagement Session | Callie and Hunter
When I knew I was photographing Callie and Hunters engagement session I was immediately thrilled. The two of them are practically models and they were both so effortless in front of the camera. One thing that really stood out to me about the two of them is how easily they connected. We photographed their engagement session here in Downtown Wilmington, NC and chose our locations based on their wardrobe.
While I could talk all day about these two and their story, I've actually had both Callie and Hunter contribute to the blog post by telling their story from themselves - enjoy!
High school is a tough period of time for almost every teenager. You don’t quite know who you are yet or what you want to do with your life. I mean, let’s be honest, you don’t even know what you want to do the next week. You basically just go through the motions of school, extra curriculars, homework, dinner, sleep, and then do it all over again the next day. But for me, during my junior year of high school, life became a little less “typical”. I found the man I wanted to marry. I played volleyball in high school, and while we were sitting in the gym waiting for our game to start, one of my senior teammates came over to me and said, “Hunter Carter likes you”. Normally, I wouldn’t think much about something like that, but for some reason it sparked a lot of interest. I had never heard of him, and the fact that he was a senior just seemed really cool.
About a week later, after our school’s pep rally, we met in the student parking lot. I’m not going to lie, it was so awkward it’s laughable. He went in for a hug while I went in for a handshake. After that, he got my number from a mutual friend, and we started to talk. It seemed to come very naturally from that point on. We loved to go to the park and take walks, and I just loved hearing him talk and learning more about him. About a month after we met, on November 10, 2012, he asked me to be his girlfriend. The weeks turned into months, and those months turned in to a year. At that point, I was a Senior and he was a freshman at UNCW. Long distance was hard, but he made it so much easier. He sent me letters, gifts, and would even randomly show up back home in Charlotte just to say hi. This is around the time when he opened up to me about how he saw me for the first time.
High school was interesting to say the least, it seemed like all I cared about was Friday night and what my friends were doing. There wasn’t much aim to what I was doing, but at the time that seemed ok. When my junior year ended I started to think more about just Friday nights because of all the life changes coming up with college right around the corner. With all of this added pressure, the last thing on my mind was having a girlfriend. During the summer of 2011 (before my senior year) I was sitting in a subway eating lunch with one of my best friends. I saw Callie, for the first time ever, walk in with her brothers and the first thing that came out of my mouth was, “I am going to marry that girl”. Shocked and somewhat entertained, my friend said, “good one, Hunter”. I was serious though, there was something about Callie that attracted me to her and I believe it was her love for the Lord (and she is pretty smokin’ too).
Early into my senior year I told one of my best friends he should introduce us because well, I was too much of a punk to do it myself. We ended up meeting in the parking lot and after a few awkward moments we had a good conversation. From the there we started hanging out more often (yes, I could talk to her on my own now) and things started to become clear that I really wanted to date her. I went from not expecting a girlfriend at all to spending my time only thinking only of her. Almost 6 years later and we are still going strong. Callie is going to be my wife this summer and it’s because she is my best friend..
Meeting each other has been the best thing to happen to us. We have realized that being together is more than just attraction or simply "liking" one-another. It’s pushing each other, challenging each other, and encouraging each other. Don’t get me wrong. Things have not been all perfect. We fight, we yell, and we cry. We make mistakes. But the biggest thing that has helped us is knowing that it’s okay that we aren’t perfect. We don’t have to be, because of the One who is. We are so excited to continue our adventure this summer and finally be married! We will love each other all the days of our lives.